My great-great grandfather was a hero of the Civil War--a soldier of the Ohio Cavalry who was wounded and captured. He almost died in the most notorious and horrific Confederate prisoner of war camp. As a child, each Memorial Day, I heard the stories about the War Between the States as my dad put flowers on his great granddad’s grave. The stories were not told with animosity. Just facts. But I developed my own prejudice against Southerners based on those facts.
10/14: ACRU Chairman and CEO Susan Carleson explains how the actions of General Robert E. Lee brought about reconciliation in divided times and what we can learn from his example.
Confederate generals were fighting for independence from the Union just as George Washington and other generals fought for independence from Great Britain.
Most Americans believe the Civil War was initiated to free slaves, when in truth, freeing slaves was little more than an afterthought.
We call the war of 1861 the Civil War. But is that right?
Because states cannot secede, the federal government can run roughshod over the U.S. Constitution's limitations of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.